I am a qualified psychotherapist with 20 years of clinical experience working with a wide range of clients (children, adolescents, adults and elderly) in various places. I worked for 5 years as a psychologist before I decided to become a psychotherapist. While I was working as a psychologist, I became increasingly aware of the connection between the body and the mind. I decided to start learning more about how the body can hold memories and can be one of the most powerful vehicles for releasing, expressing and learning to control emotion. This led me to complete my Master’s Degree at Goldsmiths University of London in 2010 and become a qualified psychotherapist who is specialised in using the body as a therapeutic tool. I am also a qualified EMDR practitioner.
I have experience of working with stress, anger, shame, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-sabotage, ADHD, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, sexuality, childhood issues, addiction, attachment, relationship issues, BPD, panic attacks and phobias, OCD, Autism, Asperger’s, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
In particular, I have worked in-depth with traumatic experiences that can be linked to a single traumatic event, several events in the course of an individual’s lifetime or in their early life experience through repeated trauma and loss (development trauma).
Manifestations in the body
I have extensive experience of working with problems related to the body, such as distorted body image, chronic fatigue symptom, chronic pain, negative body image, medically unexplained symptoms and lack of body awareness.
Currently, I have several professional roles including:
I am a psychotherapist who works with both individuals and groups in private practice and other settings.
I am a qualified clinical supervisor who supervises the practice of other professionals such as psychotherapists and counsellors.
I deliver lectures and training at universities and other institutions in my field of expertise.
Qualifications and Training
I hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy which is underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy. I am a fully qualified clinical supervisor through the London Centre of Psychodrama where I did my Diploma in Creative Approaches to Supervision. At the moment, I am working towards the completion of a post-graduation course in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at APTCC. I am a member of the ADMP, CAPPP and UKCP and I abide by their ethical framework.
As part of my continued personal development (CPD) I take part in ongoing training and regular supervision.
I attend regular training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and to further my personal and professional development. Workshops and courses have included:
Narcissistic Traits and Emotional Abuse
Working with Adult victims of narcissistic parents
Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma
Working with Diversity
Working with people who self-harm and have suicidal Ideation
Foundations in working with the body and healing trauma - Institute of Embodied Psychotherapy
ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Body Image and Eating Issues
Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy
Autism and Asperger’s
Autism, Asperger’s, Sexual Behaviours, Sexuality and Gender Identity
Use creative tools to facilitate recovery from trauma Children at the Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC)
Working with Children in Trauma at the Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC)
A Toolbox of strategies for traumatised children at the Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC)
Art Therapy with children at Hospital Settings
Art Therapy with people with trauma
Art and conflict
Exploring anger using creative techniques
Music therapy workshop
Creating and Exploring Masks
CATT – Children’s accelerated trauma treatment
Life story Training
Body orientated psychological therapy for chronic schizophrenia.
The body mind approach (TBMA) to group work with those with medically unexplained symptoms.
Somatic movement and Yung analyses of Dreams.
Bodywork with Cancer patients
DMP and Sexual Abuse in Children